Monday, January 7, 2013

Meal Plan Monday

I'm bringing back Meal Plan Monday.  I haven't posted one in a looooong time, but I need the accountability and if it helps any of you by giving you ideas, then it's a win-win-win (Office reference, sorry).

Jared and I have finally made a budget and I'm so excited about it.  We have goals to work towards!  Some dear friends shared with us their copy of Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover and we are sticking to it.  For some reason, it's fun to me.  Weird?  Yes.  But it's like I'm in competition with myself to see if I can do better than my budget.  For example, when I went grocery shopping, I saved $34.  That may not seem like a lot to any of you couponers, but it's a great start for me.  And I didn't even use coupons!  I just bought meats and produce on sale.  If I keep it up, I'll have a lot of mulah left over in my grocery budget. 

Here's my 1st meal plan of the year.  It actually started on Saturday because that's when I grocery shop now.

Meal Plan

Saturday: Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti.  Recipe here.
Sunday: Crockpot Taco Soup
Monday: Blackened Grouper with steamed broccoli
Tuesday: Tacos!  We love taco Tuesdays :)  I'll post below how I make my own taco seasoning.
Wednesday: Church
Thursday: Grilled Pork Chops with steamed broccoli
Friday: The Deen Bros Lighter Macho Nachos.  Recipe here.

I seem to have a Mexican theme this week...I don't know why.  I guess we haven't had it in so long and it's all yummy and pretty good for you.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

1 T chili powder, 1 T ground cumin, 1 T garlic powder, 1 T onion powder, 1/4–½ T crushed red pepper.  I triple this recipe to make plenty to last for a couple of months.   Mix well in a jar and use instead of that preservative packed, expensive stuff at the store.  You probably already have all of these seasonings in your pantry.

I hope you've had a great start to your week!


Elise said...

Total Money Makeover is so inspiring to save, save, save and pay down debt! Love it! I feel like I need to re-read it right now- it's been about two years since I read it last.

Kerri said...

Love this! I'm trying to learn how to to cook so I'm super excited to see your meals each week for inspiration!

Caroline said...

I am so excited you posted the taco seasoning recipe! I had tacos last night and I was just thinking that it would be much cheaper/easier to make my own seasoning, plus I love knowing exactly what's in it. I will definitely be using this recipe!

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